As part of our Religious Education programme this term we have been involved with “watery” experiences. Through sharing a beautiful book called “Water Dance” by Thomas Locker we have learned about the water cycle on Earth and wondered at the amazing design God made for providing water on our planet in so many forms.
We also mixed coloured water with cornflour to make “GOOP”! It is such a strange substance, hard when you try to grab a handful and then it “melts” and turns to liquid in your hands! You may have wondered why we came home some days looking like blue Smurfs – it was the blue GOOP!
People use water to keep themselves clean and healthy so we had a centre for bathing babies, where we would bath, feed and care for our babies, keeping their skin clean, healthy and free from germs.
Water is important for our Church family too, in the Sacrament of Baptism, so we had a Baptismal font in our dramatic play area. Our baby wore white clothes and had a white shawl , as white is the colour of Baptism. There was a jug and bowl for pouring blue cellophane water over the baby’s head, a little bottle of oil for making the sign of the cross on baby’s forehead and a special candle that is lit at a real Baptism.
Thank you to all our families for sending in our own Baptism day photos, which we loved to share and talk about as we played with our friends. We could see all the symbols of Baptism that we had learned about in our photos.
We shared the Bible story about how Jesus was Baptised by John the Baptist. We watched a video about this Bible story on the Apple TV. Then we used the Godly Play figures to role play Jesus’ Baptism in the river.
We visited our St Emilie’s Church to look at the Baptismal font that is used for Baptism in our church family. We stopped to bless ourselves with Holy water. and said prayers for our families and thanked God for all that we have. We also enjoyed looking at St Emilie’s statue at the front of the church and the beautiful stained glass window of her, showing how she cared so much for others.
The fun and discovery has continued with our shadow play as we moved blocks on the table in front of the overhead projector light to create different city scapes. We also moved hanging objects to make the shadows dance! Some objects were transparent and coloured and allowed some light to pass through, creating coloured shadows!
We set up a “Dark Den” with grass inside on the floor. Using torches, we tried to find out if “The Grass Is Still Green At Night”. We saw that if the torches were off and the den was dark inside, the grass was black. If we turned the torches on , the grass was green! We decided that you need light at night to see colours!
When we had our Pyjama day at Kindy we shared a story called “The Cat’s Pyjamas” by Catherine Foreman. Each day the cat would wear pyjamas with different pictures on them and then would dream of places shown on his pyjamas each night- space, the jungle, the ocean, the garden, monsters!!! We made our own book about The Cat’s Pyjamas, drawing cat in the pyjamas of our choice and then put them all together to make a book by Kindy Blue!
Phew!!! Such a busy term! Time for holidays and time with our families.
We hope you all have a safe and relaxing holiday and look forward to seeing you next term!